Activate your nuts!

photo (13)Along with the fermented food movement, activating your nuts is a hot topic in the nutrition world. Gents, don’t worry, this is not a men’s health awareness piece, but if I got your attention, great and read on!
Most of us are aware of the health benefits of eating nuts like, right? If you are in the dark, allow me to give you the run down in a nut shell ( sorry, that pun was just busting for attention!).
Nuts are a great protein source, about 25% to be precise, they contain excellent levels of good fats and also have a range of vitamins and minerals, namely magnesium , zinc and selenium.
If you grew up like me, nuts were eaten roasted and salted and sat on the pub bench in a wooden bowl with questionable levels of contamination! Thankfully, we now a lot more about ideal consumption of the humble nut . Due to their high fat content, when nuts are exposed to high heats during the roasting process, their delicate fats are oxidised and destroyed, rendering them rancid and damaging to cells. Not to mention the coating of processed salt and unknown storage time from being picked to ending up in supermarket shelves ( months, years even?)
The best way to consume nuts to obtain maximum nutrient content and value is to not only consume them raw and unsalted , but to soak or activate your nuts.
Activating the nuts prior to consumption decreases their digestive load by releasing enzyme inhibitors called phytic acid, which impede on your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients in the nuts. The same goes for legumes like lentils and chickpeas.
The activation process involves soaking raw nuts in a brine solution for 24 hours, draining and rinsing them, before either popping them into a dehydrator or a very low oven for 24 hours (50 deg) this low heat is not high enough to oxidise the fats but enough to dry out the water.
Although a little tedious and time consuming, activating your own nuts will same you loads of cash.
There is a plethora of websites and recipes to work out the intricacies of nut activation as some nuts, like cashews require less soaking.
So, what are you waiting for, get cracking!!

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